Thumbs up for Invision CI show, Rovi sues TP Vision and Pioneer plans AV cutbacks…

posted on Friday, 31st May 2013 by Steve May

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Thumbs up for Invision UK's Home Technology Showcase...
Invision UK has proclaimed its inaugural Home Technology Showcase "an unqualified success" with 75 per cent of installers who registered attending the event. Business manager Mark Taylor enthused: "It was a fantastic couple of days. It completely exceeded our expectations. We were delighted with the turnout from our dealer base and really grateful for the support of our manufacturers who helped to make this event the success it was. I would like to think that this is just the beginning of something special..." Chris Gildersleve, from The Sound Gallery agreed: "I wish I brought more staff members along as the show has been so informative".  Dan Goudy, from Bespoke Sound and Vision, added:  "It felt more like a full-on trade show rather than a distributor road-show".

Rovi sues TP Vision...
Rovi is taking TP Vision, maker of Philips TVs, to court in Germany alleging patent infringement of its programme EPG system and technologies. The case follows successful action against LG Electronics, Vizio and online entertainment service Hulu. Similar cases against Mitsubishi and Roku are pending…

Blu-ray audio trial...
Universal Music has chosen France to test the appetite for Blu-ray Pure Audio music discs. The platters use DTS-HD Master Audio and Dolby True-HD codecs for complete system compatibility, but present audio at 96kHz/24 bits, rather than 44.1kHz/16 bits of CD. Will it take off? Let's hope so…

Pioneer plans AV cutbacks...
Is former CI favourite Pioneer on the verge of retreating further from the home entertainment business? After posting a $191.8 million annual net loss, the Japanese major says it's now planning a 'major review' of its home electronics operation. Plans include streaming AV and cutting its optical business to 'accommodate the current market size.' The firm suffered its biggest losses in its home market, where home electronics sales fell 47.5 per cent…

Cool reaction to Xbox One...
The eagerly awaited Xbox One console reveal transpired to be light on deep info and seemed to receive a unanimous thumbs down from online commentators and games fans. It's unlikely much of its vaunted TV interactivity will work outside the US. The Blu-ray player is welcome, but the console isn't backwards compatible with 360 games - and doesn't it all look a bit…retro?

DTS notes shift from physical media...
Networked home entertainment is gaining traction. DTS has reported a significant shift in its income streams, away from traditional physical media toward network generated revenue. Year on year, network-connected income has jumped 246 per cent. Income from the Smart TV sector is up 448 per cent for Q1.  Blu-ray revenue fell 27 per cent for the same quarter…

 

 

Steve May

Steve is a veteran of the UK consumer electronics industry, having covered it for
various media outlets for more than 20 years.

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